Kelly Ann Vitacca
Founder / Artistic Director
Kelly Ann Vitacca, Native of Chicago, Illinois, received her BPA in Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University and extended Arts Management master studies at Columbia College, Chicago. Vitacca founded the professional contemporary jazz company, Inaside Chicago Dance in 2003 and received invitations to perform her work in Dance Chicago, Espacio Cultural Metropolitano, International Choreographers Showcase, (Madrid, Spain), Duets For My Valentine and guest performances with NorthWest Ballet, Evanston Art’s and the Dance Chicago Tour. Ms. Vitacca was awarded a Leo’s International Choreography Award at Jazz Dance World Congress (Monterrey, MX) and was recognized as a Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreographer.
In 2006, Ms. Vitacca received the Illinois Artist Fellowship Award, which led to the launch and production of Inaside Dance Project and For The Cause; a benefit performance for Gilda’s Club Chicago cancer support community. As Founding Artistic Director, Vitacca conceptualized, co-choreographed and produced the Jackson Pollock inspired evening length In the Painting which received the acclaim “Shows technical moxie” by Chicago Tribune Critic, Sid Smith. In addition Ms. Vitacca spearheaded the Youth Trainee Program (YTP), offering an advanced training and performance program for emerging dancers, which supports their professional career goals and future education.
In 2008 Ms. Vitacca joined the Houston Ballet Artistic Staff as Artistic Coordinator and Chaired the Dance USA Host Programming Committee. With the support of Dance Source Houston and fellow Committee members Vitacca curated and produced the Dance USA Annual Conference opening program, Houston Dance Inside Out at Discovery Green on June 3, 2009. On behalf of the committee, Ms. Vitacca had the honor of receiving the official Houston Dance Day certificate from Ms. Minnette Boesel, Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs. In 2010 Vitacca was appointed the Dance Houston, Director of Programming role where she developed the Dance Houston Spotlight Tour, Houston Youth Showcase (Jones Plaza), H-Town Get Down (Warehouse Live) and the Dance Houston Youth Festival formerly known as No Limits (Wortham Theater). Ms. Vitacca also acted as the educational programs liaison, supporting dance educators and filling the dance class needs within HISD schools and at-risk facilities. She acted as Production Manager manager for the professional festivals, Dance Houston (Wortham Theater), served as programming panelist for the Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance (Miller Theater), acted as Choreographic Adjudicator for Houston Royal Academy of Fine Arts and was cast as an expert ballet coach on MTV’s MADE television series, which continues to air nation wide.
Ms. Vitacca’s vast artistic achievements, arts management experience, industry networks and dedication to advance the dance art form allowed her to pioneer Vitacca Dance Project in 2012. Ms. Vitacca continues to choreogarph and master teach nationally. Currently Ms. Vitacca’s work has been awarded first place at Youth America Grand Prix Dallas and Houston. Inaddition, she was awarded Top Choreographer Youth America Grand Prix, Houston and was priveleved to accept the YAGP Most Oustanding School in 2016 and 2017.